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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 9 Hansard (1 September) . . Page.. 2721 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

being apprehended with a stolen motor vehicle in Civic. It is a matter that the police are able to monitor, but I think more work is going to have to be done, and I will continue to consult the AFP on what efforts they are making in that respect. Perhaps a stolen motor vehicles team would be appropriate at some point, Mr Speaker. I will consult Mr Stoll, the Assistant Commissioner, on that subject.

MR RUGENDYKE: I have a supplementary question. Minister, you are no doubt aware that the NRMA provided a motor vehicle to be used by that sergeant for the recovery of stolen motor vehicles. Could you advise the Assembly what that vehicle is being used for now?

MR HUMPHRIES: No, I could not, Mr Speaker, but I will take that question on notice and get back to Mr Rugendyke.

Ms Carnell: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Medical Service

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, I have an answer to a question I took on notice from Mr Osborne. It was a question about funding for the Winnunga Nimmityjah health and medical services. I responded to the first part of the question and undertook to get an answer to the supplementary question in terms of how much the Commonwealth will provide for this service. The Commonwealth has maintained the level of funding provided to Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service and applied indexation to the amount they received in the 1998-99 financial year. The Commonwealth has informed me that they will be paying a total of $344,000 to the service in the 1999-2000 financial year.

Canberra Hospital

MR MOORE: Mr Stanhope earlier today asked me as part of his question whether I am willing to meet with the patient. I am willing. To the best of my knowledge, there was no request to my office to meet, although I will clarify that by saying there has been a change of staff at the front desk in my office, so it is possible there was a mix-up there. I am always willing to meet with people. I will be keen to meet with the patient rather than the patient's sister or with both, because to discuss a patient's issues with somebody else leaves my hands incredibly tied in respect of matters of health.

Just to make sure that there is a clear answer to that question, I did receive a letter nearly a month ago from the woman that Mr Stanhope referred to and I have to say that I have not yet replied to her. The reply came in draft form back to my office today. As a general rule I am able to reply within two or three weeks to people. There was some delay in the preparation of this reply, and I am trying to do better than that.

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